Elizabeth P. Humphreys, Research Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Humphreys

Office: Institute on Disability, Pettee Hall Rm 103, Durham, NH 03824

My program of research aims to understand the developmental needs of young children, study and test evidence-informed interventions for this population, and examine leadership frameworks that support cross-systems collaborations for health and education professionals. My research is grounded in practice and engages external partners in collaborative efforts to understand, inform and advance current practice across health and education systems for children and youth with developmental disabilities and the professionals who work with them. Collaborators have included partners in pediatrics, federal Part C early intervention programs, and programs aimed at improving the implementation of services and supports (such as Maternal and Child Health, community-based organizations). My work is grounded in a developmental systems model, which provides a framework for early intervention services for young children. This model recognizes that child developmental outcomes are influenced by family patterns of interaction.

Dr. Humphreys joined the Institute on Disability in 2010 as Interdisciplinary Training Director and co-Principal Investigator for the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) a five-year, multi- million dollar grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.  Dr. Humphreys has worked extensively throughout early education settings in New Hampshire since 1985.  She holds an Experienced Educator Certificate from the New Hampshire Department of Education and has collaborated with public education, Head Start, state partners and child care programs.  Her connection to the IOD goes back to the mid-90’s when she completed her master’s degree in early childhood special education and participated in the NH-ME LEND program as a trainee.

Dr. Humphreys has co-authored two book chapters and multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts and presentations.  She holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Her research interests include the linkages between healthcare and early intervention settings for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.  She currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Association of University Centers on Disability Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Editorial Board for the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.



The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 760/860: Intro Young Chldrn w/Spc Needs
  • EDUC 762/862: Curriculum Yng Child with SN
  • HHS 798/898: Spc Top/Neuro Dev&Rel Disordrs


  • Ph.D., Erly Childhood Interv&Literacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A., Music Edu/Curriculum & Inst., Westfield State College
  • A.A., Special Education, Cape Cod Comm College

Research Interests

  • Autism
  • Child Health
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Early intervention for children with, or at risk for disabilities; developmental screening
  • Early Intervention for People With Disabilities
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Selected Publications

  • Smith, S., Aytur, S., & Humphreys, E. (2022). Effects of telehealth parent coaching in supporting family participation, cohesion, and adaptability. OTJR Occupation, Participation and Health. doi:10.1177/15394492221083664

  • Humphreys, B. P., Kurtz, A. J., Portrie, C., Couse, L. J., & Hajnaghizadeh, F. (2018). Advancing Leadership Skills: A Multiyear Examination of LEND Trainee Self-Efficacy Growth. MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH JOURNAL, 22(10), 1377-1383. doi:10.1007/s10995-018-2582-2

  • Baril, E. M., & Humphreys, B. P. (2017). An Evaluation of the Research Evidence on the Early Start Denver Model. JOURNAL OF EARLY INTERVENTION, 39(4), 321-338. doi:10.1177/1053815117722618

  • McHugh, M. C., Margolis, L. H., Rosenberg, A., & Humphreys, E. (2016). Advancing MCH Interdisciplinary/Interprofessional Leadership Training and Practice Through a Learning Collaborative.. Matern Child Health J, 20(11), 2247-2253. doi:10.1007/s10995-016-2129-3

  • Humphreys, B. P., Couse, L. J., Sonnenmeier, R. M., Kurtz, A., Russell, S. M., & Antal, P. (2015). Transforming LEND Leadership Training Curriculum through the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies. MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH JOURNAL, 19(2), 300-307. doi:10.1007/s10995-014-1587-8

  • Crais, E. R., McComish, C. S., Humphreys, B. P., Watson, L. R., Baranek, G. T., Reznick, J. S., . . . Earls, M. (2014). Pediatric Healthcare Professionals' Views on Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening at 12-18 Months. JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, 44(9), 2311-2328. doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2101-2

  • Jr, B. D. B., Raspa, M., Olmsted, M. G., Novak, S. P., Sam, A. M., Humphreys, B. P., . . . Guillen, C. (2011). Development and Psychometric Validation of the Family Outcomes Survey-Revised. JOURNAL OF EARLY INTERVENTION, 33(1), 6-23. doi:10.1177/1053815111399441

  • Jr, B. D. B., Raspa, M., Humphreys, B. P., & Sam, A. M. (2011). Promoting Family Outcomes in Early Intervention. In HANDBOOK OF SPECIAL EDUCATION (pp. 668-684). Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Boyd, B. A., Odom, S. L., Humphreys, B. P., & Sam, A. M. (2010). Infants and Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Early Identification and Early Intervention. JOURNAL OF EARLY INTERVENTION, 32(2), 75-98. doi:10.1177/1053815110362690

  • Humphreys, E. P., Kurtz, A., Portrie, C., Couse, L., & Hajnaghizadeh, M. (n.d.). An analysis of trainee self-perceived leadership skill development using the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies Self-assessment..

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